Steve Robinson Metal of Honor Veterans Scholarship at Musicians Institute ANNOUNCED!

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Steve Robinson, Veterans Advocate

Musicians Institute—the College of Contemporary Music in Hollywood—has announced the brand new Steve Robinson Metal of Honor Veterans Scholarship (generously sponsored by the The Rockstar Mayhem Festival’s Metal of Honor Program ) which will award $10,000 in tuition credit at Musicians Institute to support the educational growth of a newly enrolling US Military veteran who clearly articulates their personal history, current circumstances and future goals in the music industry. The scholarship may be applied to any program offered at MI.

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The scholarship is available to veterans who will be enrolled in any Certificate, Associate of Arts or Bachelor Degree Program at MI beginning in Fall 2015. Applicants are invited to submit a 3 minute (maximum) video recording (DVD format only) describing their personal circumstances, biographical background, future goals in the music industry and why they should be chosen as a winner.

The deadline for Fall 2015 applicants is August 28. For complete details and application form, click HERE

“On behalf of everyone at Musicians Institute, we are extremely proud that Metal of Honor is helping Veterans pave the way in pursuit of a professional music education by sponsoring this fantastic scholarship!  We are thrilled to recognize and support deserving veterans by providing this opportunity in honor of the extraordinary role model and veterans advocate; Steve Robinson”.  “We thank Metal of Honor for their ongoing support of veterans, and the creation of this exceptional scholarship”!

-Beth Marlis, Vice President of Industry and Community Relations at MI 

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Joe Bonamassa $35,000 Musicians Institute Full Ride Guitar Scholarship Announced!

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Musicians Institute—the College of Contemporary Music in Hollywood—has announced the brand new Joe Bonamassa Torch Bearer Scholarship, offering $35,000 in tuition credit to support the educational growth of a newly enrolling MI Guitar Program student. Sponsored by Bonamassa’s own non-profit Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation, the scholarship will be awarded to a student who demonstrates overall outstanding musicianship, advanced skills, and the potential for developing a unique sound on the guitar.

“Sometimes you are fortunate enough that an opportunity presents itself to change someone else’s life,” said Bonamassa. “Musicians Institute has great programs, but when it all boils down, sometimes a kid can only afford either the tuition or the room and board—not to mention guitar strings and picks. So we have taken the tuition off the table, and are sending a kid to school for a year. To whoever gets the scholarship, I hope that he or she uses it to change the trajectory of their lives. Good luck and keep playing loud!”

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Joe Bonamassa in London 2015. Credit: Marty Moffatt

The scholarship is available to guitarists who will be enrolled in an Associate of Arts or Bachelor Degree Guitar Performance Program at MI beginning in Fall 2015. Applicants are invited to submit a DVD of themselves performing three songs in any genre (two live ensemble performances and one unaccompanied solo guitar performance) on the electric and/or acoustic guitar. The deadline for Fall 2015 applicants is August 28. For details, visit mi.edu/admissions-financial-aid/scholarships.

“Joe Bonamassa absolutely ‘walks the walk’ when it comes to supporting music education and inspiring the next generation,” said Beth Marlis, Vice President of Industry + Community Relations at Musicians Institute, and Executive Director of The Musicians Foundation. “We are proud of our ongoing partnership with Joe, and we’re confident that this amazing scholarship opportunity will excite the talents of aspiring guitarists around the world.”

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Announcing The Angel City Arts Young Artist Competition- $1,000 Prize for LA Area Jazz Musicians between 16 & 22 years old

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The Angel City Arts Young Artist Competition is an avenue for young jazz musicians in the Los Angeles area to create and collaborate with one another in an effort to expand upon the traditional concepts of jazz and improvisation. The competition gives young musicians the opportunity to have their original music heard and evaluated by working jazz professionals. The winning ensemble will be awarded a $1000 prize and will have the opportunity to perform a live set on Friday, September 25, 2015 at LACMA in a concert produced by the Angel City Jazz Festival. In addition UCSD Jazz Camp  will select one player from the finalists to receive a full scholarship to their 2016 Jazz Camp.

Four finalists will be announced on September 18, 2015. Selection emphasis for the four finalists will be placed on musicianship, composition, arranging skills, quality of improvised solos, group interaction, and uniqueness of sound.

The finalists will each perform a live set in front of a panel of judges on September 20, 2015, and the winner will be announced at the end of the event.

Timetable:

  • Artist Submissions: April 15 – September 15

  • Finalists Announced: September 18

  • Finalists Competition Concert: September 20

  • Competition Winner Concert: September 25

Competition Rules:

This competition is open to all high-school and college-aged student jazz ensembles in the greater Los Angeles Area. In order to qualify for the competition ensembles must:

  • be composed of musicians between the ages of 16 and 22 years old

  • have at least one member currently enrolled in a high school, college, music academy or university in the greater Los Angeles area

  • consist of between 3 and 10 members

  • compose, arrange and perform original music which features improvisation

  • be available to perform on Sunday, September 20th if selected as a finalist, and on Friday, September 25th at LACMA if selected as the winning ensemble

Submissions:

Interested artists must submit a package electronically between April 15, 2015 and September 15, 2015 by clicking the link below. Please enter the name of the ensemble in the title field of the submission form and include the following info in the cover letter:

  • the personnel performing on each submitted tune

  • a brief history of the ensemble

Also, please attach the following documents:

  • 3 tunes (mp3, mp4 or WAv)

  • 1 recommendation letter from a music instructor (pdf, doc, docx)

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If you have any questions please send an email to:   info@angelcityjazz.com

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Grammy U™ Professional Development Scholarships Awarded at Musicians Institute for Spring 2015!

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We are extremely pleased to announce the ten recipients of the Grammy U™ Professional Development Scholarships at Musicians Institute for Spring 2015:

Brooke Brewer, Thokozile JR Dlamini, Kathleen Hostetler, Cody Matthew Johnson, Cheryce Knox, Jian Li, Ingmar Prinz, Leonard Goh Jia Shing, Line Sorensen, Weizhao Zhang.

The Grammy U™ Professional Development Scholarships are generously sponsored by The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, and are provided to encourage the professional growth of currently enrolled students in any Certificate, AA or Bachelor’s Program at Musicians Institute.

One scholarship per currently enrolled MI student applicant (ten total) was awarded (based on a written essay submission) in the form of a paid membership in The Recording Academy® GRAMMY U™ program, giving each awardee the opportunity to attend events and special programs in all areas of the music industry. As entry-level members of The Recording Academy®, the students will have access to the industry and its high level artists, songwriters, musicians, producers, remixers, art directors and executives, as well as fellow students from other LA area colleges.

Everyone at MI congratulates the winners of this very prestigious award!

Special thanks to our longtime community partner, The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students at Musicians Institute with the support, tools, recognition and professional development they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

B-MIC-Logo-Combined To learn more about the work of The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, click HERE.

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Two New Scholarships Announced at Musicians Institute!

Right now, you’re probably asking “so, what’s new”? How about two BRAND NEW scholarships at Musicians Institute that are sponsored by ESP Guitars?

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We are very excited to announce the ESP Alex Skolnick Guitar Scholarship which was created to assist advanced and stylistically diverse guitarists who demonstrate outstanding musicianship (in any genre) with their educational development. Scholarship award is $1,500 tuition credit at MI.

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We’re equally excited to announce the Takamine Acoustic Guitar Scholarship which was created to assist acoustic guitarists who demonstrate outstanding musicianship (in any genre) with their educational development. Scholarship award is $1,500 tuition credit at MI and a new Takamine guitar.

Thank you to our longtime industry partner ESP Guitars for your support of music education!!

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CAKEWALK SONAR-X1 SOFTWARE DONATED TO L.A.C.E.R. AFTERSCHOOL MUSIC PROGRAM and Hollywood Arts Program for Homeless Youth!

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The Musicians Foundation is extremely pleased to provide sixteen brand new boxes of SONAR-X1-Producer and Studio by Cakewalk (DAW software) to the students of L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Program  (Literacy, Arts, Culture, Education and Recreation) and the Hollywood Arts Program@My Friend’s Place.

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The top-of-the-line music software was generously donated by Roland Corporation to The Musicians Foundation.  In turn, the software will now be in the hands of the talented students enrolled in L.A.C.E.R. and the Hollywood Arts Programs enabling them record and edit digital audio, utilize soft synths, MIDI sequencing and more with professional level quality.

The L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Program’s Mission is to provide underserved middle and high school youth with an arts and literacy based after-school program which includes visual art, music, dance, film, academic support, enrichment activities and a variety of sports in a safe and caring environment. 

My Friend’s Place mission: assist and inspire homeless youth to build self-sufficient lives. My Friend’s Place has now partnered with Hollywood Arts to provide music, arts and entertainment industry education to Hollywood homeless youth.

Thank you to Roland Corporation for their support of music education and their exceptional partnership!

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Announcing the Grammy U Professional Development Scholarships at Musicians Institute

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Grammy U Professional Development Scholarships at MI

We’re proud to announce of “first-of-its-kind” new scholarship opportunity at Musicians Institute that supports the professional development of ten currently enrolled students (Certificate, AA or Bachelor’s Program) at M by awarding ten memberships to GRAMMY U™!  We will be offering this opportunity every quarter (that’s 4x/annually) thru out 2015-2016.

(GRAMMY U™) — Is a program for college students pursuing music industry careers, created by the music community’s leading membership organization The Recording Academy®.  You get access to top industry pros, backstage/soundchecks, “Off the Record” conversations with A-list Grammy winners, industry mixers, and even the chance to attend the Grammy Awards as a “seat-filler”.

One scholarship per person (ten total) will be awarded in the form of a paid membership in The Recording Academy® GRAMMY U™ program.  Each membership will be valid for FOUR years. GRAMMY U™ gives students the opportunity to attend events and special programs in all areas of the music industry. As entry-level members of The Recording Academy®, you will have access to the industry and its high level artists, songwriters, musicians, producers, remixers, art directors and executives, as well as fellow students from other LA area colleges.

This is the entry level way to join The Recording Academy®, (“The Grammys”), and membership is good for four years; even after graduation!   

  • Deadline: Friday May 8th, 2015 – no later than 5pm

  • Applicants must submit a 250 word essay and application form (see complete information and instructions on link below):

CLICK HERE (or the following link) for application form:  http://mi.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/GU-PRO-DEV-for-ALL-PROGRAMS-CURRENT-STUDENTS-SP2015.pdf

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The Grammy U™ Professional Development Scholarships are generously sponsored by The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, and are provided to encourage the professional growth of currently enrolled students enrolled in any Certificate, AA or Bachelor’s Program at MI.

Ten Grammy U™ Professional Development Scholarships will be awarded in Spring 2015, and Summer 2015 to students (US or non-US citizens) in any Certificate, AA or Bachelor’s Program who can clearly articulate their goals in the music industry as well as why they should be considered to become a member of GRAMMY U™.

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Announcing the Takamine Acoustic Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute!

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The Musicians Foundation is pleased to announce the first-ever Takamine Acoustic Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute! The Takamine Acoustic Guitar Scholarship was created by ESP Guitars as a result of an exciting newly-formed partnership between ESP and Takamine Guitars.   The scholarship is designed to assist acoustic guitarists who demonstrate outstanding musicianship with their educational development, and are newly enrolling Guitar Program students at MI for fall 2015 quarter.

The scholarship details and criteria are as follows:

  • The scholarship will be awarded in fall 2015 to a new student (US or non-US citizen) enrolling in the Guitar Program at MI who demonstrates overall outstanding musicianship on an acoustic guitar in any genre.

  • The scholarship award of $1,500 will be applied as a tuition discount for the fall 2015 quarter, in addition to the award of a new Takamine guitar.

  • Deadline to apply is August 28, 2015.

  • For complete scholarship details, and scholarship application, click HERE

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SPRING 2015 HARD ROCK CAFE/HARD ROCK GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: I-Fan Chiu

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The Musicians Foundation is pleased to announce the first-ever Hard Rock Cafe/Hard Rock Guitar Scholarship has been awarded to MI Guitar Program student: I-Fan Chiu. The Taiwan native enters Musicians Institute with several years of experience playing and performing in the Rock genre.

Everyone at MI welcomes I-Fan to the Guitar Program at MI, and congratulates him on winning this very prestigious award!

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, The Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like I-Fan with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

To learn more about the great philanthropic work of the Hard Rock click HERE.

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